First came the lead painted toy recalls, millions of them. Then the crib recalls, millions of them. Now come the high chairs. You know what? It’s probably best if you just let your kid sit on the floor in a completely empty room, playing with his toes. Sigh.
OK, today’s message of doom comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks and Graco, who are recalling 1.2 million Harmony High Chairs (pictured). The inharmonious truth is they’re worried about the screws that hold the front chair legs together spontaneously exiting, which can cause the chair to tip. Graco has received 464 reports of screws loosening and/or plastic brackets cracking, which caused the high chair to tip over unexpectedly. 24 reports included bumps and bruises to the head, a hairline arm fracture, and gashes, scratches, bumps and bruises to various other body parts. If you bought one of these between November 2003 and December 2009, you’ve got a problem. Look under the foot rest for the label, then compare the model number with the recall list here. Stop using the high chair and go here for details on how to get a free repair kit.